Nuclear weapons

FILE - In this April 7, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping walk together after their meetings at Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Fla. China says President Xi has stressed the need for an end to North Korea's nuclear weapons program in a phone discussion with Trump that followed tweets from the U.S. president urging China to play a more active role. Xi told Trump that China insists on peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and advocates resolving the problem through peaceful means. He said China would maintain "communication and coordination" with Washington over it. The two leaders spoke Tuesday night, April 11, 2017, Washington time. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
April 12, 2017 - 6:46 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and China struck what appeared to be an unusual bargain Wednesday as President Donald Trump said he won't label China a currency manipulator and voiced confidence Chinese President Xi Jinping will help him deal with North Korea's mounting threat. Another result...
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FILE - In this April 7, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping walk together after their meetings at Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Fla. China says President Xi has stressed the need for an end to North Korea's nuclear weapons program in a phone discussion with Trump that followed tweets from the U.S. president urging China to play a more active role. Xi told Trump that China insists on peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and advocates resolving the problem through peaceful means. He said China would maintain "communication and coordination" with Washington over it. The two leaders spoke Tuesday night, April 11, 2017, Washington time. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
April 12, 2017 - 5:20 am
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping told President Donald Trump in a phone call Wednesday that Beijing is willing to work with Washington on ending North Korea's nuclear weapons program but wants a peaceful solution to the escalating conflict. Xi's comments came after Trump tweeted that...
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In this photo provided by the U.S. Navy, sailors conduct flight operations on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) flight deck in April 8, 2017. The Trump administration deployed an aircraft carrier to the region this week in a show of force that also could expose American weakness. If the North proceeds with a ballistic missile or nuclear test and the U.S. does nothing in response, America’s deterrence will appear diminished. The USS Carl Vinson is steaming to waters off the Korean Peninsula as anticipation mounts that Kim Jong Un will stage another weapons test around the anniversary of the nation’s founder on Saturday.(Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matt Brown/U.S. Navy via AP)
April 12, 2017 - 3:53 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Upping the stakes in its slow-burning confrontation with North Korea, the Trump administration deployed an aircraft carrier to the region this week in a show of force that also could expose American weakness. If the North proceeds with a ballistic missile or nuclear test and the U...
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FILE - In this April 7, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping walk together after their meetings at Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Fla. China says President Xi has stressed the need for an end to North Korea's nuclear weapons program in a phone discussion with Trump that followed tweets from the U.S. president urging China to play a more active role. Xi told Trump that China insists on peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and advocates resolving the problem through peaceful means. He said China would maintain "communication and coordination" with Washington over it. The two leaders spoke Tuesday night, April 11, 2017, Washington time. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
April 12, 2017 - 2:29 am
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping told President Donald Trump in a phone call Wednesday that Beijing is willing to work with Washington on ending North Korea's nuclear weapons program but wants a peaceful solution. Xi's comments come after the U.S. president tweeted that China should do...
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A U.S. Marine soldier conducts the U.S.-South Korea joint Exercise Operation Pacific Reach in Pohang, South Korea, Tuesday, April 11, 2017. North Korea is vowing tough counteraction to any military moves that might follow the U.S. move to send the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier and its battle group to waters off the Korean Peninsula. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
April 12, 2017 - 2:10 am
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea's parliament convened Tuesday amid heightened tensions on the divided peninsula, with the United States and South Korea conducting their biggest-ever military exercises and the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier heading to the area in a show of American...
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FILE - In this March 3, 2017 file photo, a row of F18 fighter jets on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson is prepared for patrols when the U.S. Navy took Philippine journalists to the mammoth aircraft carrier on routine patrol in the waters off the disputed South China Sea. The Pentagon says a Navy carrier strike group is moving toward the western Pacific Ocean to provide a physical presence near the Korean Peninsula. North Korea's recent ballistic missile tests and continued pursuit of a nuclear program have raised tensions in the region, where U.S. Navy ships are a common presence and serve in part as a show of force. The U.S. Pacific Command directed the carrier group, that includes the USS Carl Vinson, to sail north to the western Pacific after departing Singapore on Saturday, April 8, according to a Navy news release. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)
April 09, 2017 - 10:41 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the U.S. missile strikes against a Syrian air base in retaliation for a chemical weapon attack carries a message for any nation operating outside of international norms. He didn't specify North Korea, but the context was clear enough. "If you...
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FILE - In this March 3, 2017 file photo, a row of F18 fighter jets on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson is prepared for patrols when the U.S. Navy took Philippine journalists to the mammoth aircraft carrier on routine patrol in the waters off the disputed South China Sea. The Pentagon says a Navy carrier strike group is moving toward the western Pacific Ocean to provide a physical presence near the Korean Peninsula. North Korea's recent ballistic missile tests and continued pursuit of a nuclear program have raised tensions in the region, where U.S. Navy ships are a common presence and serve in part as a show of force. The U.S. Pacific Command directed the carrier group, that includes the USS Carl Vinson, to sail north to the western Pacific after departing Singapore on Saturday, April 8, according to a Navy news release. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)
April 09, 2017 - 9:01 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the U.S. missile strikes against a Syrian air base in retaliation for a chemical weapon attack carries a message for any nation operating outside of international norms. He didn't specify North Korea, but the context was clear enough. "If you...
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President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, with their wives, first lady Melania Trump and Chinese first lady Peng Liyuan are seated during a dinner at Mar-a-Lago, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
April 07, 2017 - 1:03 pm
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday he has developed an "outstanding" relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping after meeting with the leader of a nation Trump has criticized as a menace to the United States. The widely anticipated meeting of the leaders of the world's...
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FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump meets with health insurance company CEOs, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. As Trump prepares to host his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, a reversal of sorts has emerged: It’s the U.S. leader who is now seen as an unpredictable wild card, skeptical of free-trade deals and their enforcement. And it’s China that’s cast itself as a champion of rules-based global trade. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
April 05, 2017 - 8:29 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Warning the U.S. could act alone, President Donald Trump has vowed to deliver an ultimatum to Chinese leader Xi Jinping to rein in North Korea when the two men come face-to-face for the first time this week. But Trump's early retreat on Taiwan already has chipped away at his...
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Visitors sit in front of the TV screen showing a news program reporting about North Korea's missile firing, at Seoul Train Station in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, April 5, 2017. North Korea fired a ballistic missile into its eastern waters Wednesday, U.S. and South Korean officials said, amid worries the North might conduct banned nuclear or rocket tests ahead of the first summit between President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping this week. The letters read "North Korea fired a ballistic missile into its eastern waters." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
April 05, 2017 - 11:29 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A North Korean missile test ended in failure Wednesday when the rocket spun out of control and plunged into the ocean in a fiery crash, a senior U.S. defense official said. The launch came shortly before U.S. President Donald Trump's first meeting with Chinese leader Xi...
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